This florist is on the Penn campus, so is convenient if you go to Penn. It can get extremely busy during Valentine's Day, but otherwise, the staff is very friendly and helpful. They have decent prices, but sometimes I find their selection to be slim. Still, I prefer them to the florist in the Sheraton. They also deliver. http://www.uofprosesflorist.com.
This bookstore carries an excellent selection of magazines and used books in the back. As a used book store, there are better and more enticing, but it's worth a browse if you're looking for a magazine. My cousin is the editor of a magaine that you usually can't find at the supermarket, drugstore, or mainstream bookstores (the magazine is Dance Teacher), so when I want to pick up a copy, I can count on this bookstore to carry it. All magzines (including new ones) are 40% off.
This store used exclusively carry mysteries, but have expanded beyond that. Like other used bookstores, it has narrow aisles with shelves extending to the ceilings full of book treasures! After seeing the movie Capote, I was interested in finding something by or about Truman Capote, and found a collection of short stories and a biography, both at great used book prices too. The people are very friendly--I definitely recommend Whodunit.
Benjamin Lovell fills a much needed niche--stylish shoes that don't kill your feet. Their styles range from professional to funky, and staff is very knowledgeable. The best part of the one located on South Street is the bargain/sale rack in the back. Some of my favorite shoes of all time have come from that sale rack, including a pair of Born slip-on loafers that I found for $30!
You'll pretty much find all that you'll need for small projects at this hardward store, and it'll take you much less time to find it than at Home Depot! In fact, the staff are very helpful, and when you walk in, they'll often ask how they can help you and they usually locate what you want within minutes. They carry standard hardware store items and you can get your keys made. As a side note, there's a large man with tattoos who works there--he also has a side business of giving massages and he bills himself as the Gentle Giant.
You feel like you're entering a secret society when you walk into Halloween. There is no sign outside and you have to be buzzed in. Most hear about this store through word of mouth. Once you're there, though, you'll find a treasure trove of unique jewelry made of precious metals and stones, displayed in various glass cases, in a store that looks like a gothic cave-castle. Halloween has service to match their jewelry, and amazingly reasonable prices for the quality. They can get very busy during the holidays, and they don't accept credit cards (cash or check only).
PROS: Unique jewelry
CONS: Doesn't accept credit cards
Dahlias is a nice store which carries jewelry, handbags, accessories and some clothes. They also carry some Jewish items. Like the flower the store is named after, the jewelry is really gorgeous, made of crystals and ceramics, both delicate and bold, often using flower motifs. If you get on their mailing list, you can get their coupons, and they sometimes have sales. This is a fantastic shop if you want to buy a gift or something special for yourself.
I had a gyn problem, and was going to another doctor, but wasn't happy, so I got a recommendation from a colleague for Dr. Wu. So far I've been very satisfied, and I trust her competency and judgment. Going to the gyn is never really that pleasant, but it's better when you can trust your doctor. Like most doctor's offices, you usually have a wait, but the wait isn't too bad. Courteous staff in the office.
This pet store basically has everything you need, from pet food to toys to doggie clothing. You'll pay more than going to Target or a big pet chain, but it's convenient and you don't need to jump in a car if you live in Center City. The only thing I don't recommend is the pet tags--I gave the information for the tag, but when I got it in the mail, it wasn't quite right. The woman who works there is very nice, and the store cat if often roaming around. Pets are welcome, closed on Sunday.
PROS: Everything you need for your pet
CONS: Closed on Sundays
Dress Right is like tailor meets soup nazi! If you're "lucky" to get Jeffrey, he will give (or show through facial expressions) his opinion of what should be tailored, but he really knows what he's doing, and the clothes will always look better on you than before, even if your wallet is lighter. Of course, sometimes you just want someone simple done, and Jeffrey isn't always there. Regardless, I trust them with my better clothes since I know they'll do it right. The prices are reasonable and comparable for Center City (I think it's $11 to hem pants w/o lining). They recently moved a few stores down, so their shop looks a little fancier, and the dressing rooms are nicer.